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UN: Reclaiming the Universality of Rights: Gender, Economic Justice and Anti-Rights Threats

Monday 13 March 2017, by siawi3


Join the Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) at two events during CSW61!

Reclaiming the Universality of Rights: Gender, Economic Justice and Anti-Rights Threats
(Open to all)
March 15th, 4:30pm
Salvation Army, Downstairs, 221 E. 52nd Street, New York

Rising (mis)use of religion, culture, tradition, and nationalism to justify discrimination in many areas around the world is having disastrous consequences for gender justice and women’s economic rights and empowerment. It is essential in this space to review and address the ongoing attack on the universality of our rights.

This event will highlight the findings of the first human rights trends report from the Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) initiative, regarding regressive trends and ultra-conservative actors on our human rights norms and systems. We will then examine and discuss strategic opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for gender justice movements.

Featuring the OURs Working Group.
Join the Conversation on Twitter: #RightsAreUniversal

2. Our Human Rights Under Threat: Strategizing Together (private event)
March 16th, 6:00-8:00pm

All around us, the evidence that the universality and indivisibility of our rights is under coordinated attack by actors manipulating arguments related to religion, culture and tradition is clear. The moment is ripe to share information on key discourses, strategic, actors and impacts and link together to creatively strategize.

This event will serve to launch the findings of the first OURs periodic human rights trends report on these trends and to open up a targeted conversation on proactive strategizing and mobilization amongst WHRDs worldwide to counter and organize against the co-optation and blocking of human rights related to gender and sexuality.

This conversation will feature interventions from the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, Karima Bennoune, and Frances Raday, member of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women.

This event is by RSVP only. If you are interested to attend, please contact: ours

The OURs Working Group is made up of:

Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
ARC International
Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir Mexico (CDD-Mexico)
Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR)
Cynthia Rothschild (independent expert)
Due Diligence Project
International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
Planned Parenthood (PPFA)
Musawah: global movement for justice and equality in the Muslim family
Muslims for Progressive Values
Sexual Rights Initiative
World Council of Churches (WCC)

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